Ionia, MI 
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3 / 290ft. Par / Distance:
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 Hiker's Dream

2-4    6/6/2015   6/8/2015
Review By: Reniger
Played: 49  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 14.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: •Elevation
This course has MASSIVE elevation changes. Bring water, snacks, and get a good night's rest before! The challenge of this forested course is less a challenge of trees, but, one of placing an uphill, valley, or downhill shot and keeping your energy up as you hike through some serious trails. The physical demand is just as impressive as the skill required.
Each hole has great signage showing obstacles (trees, paths, OB) as well as suggested lines, but, most importantly here, gives a profile layout of elevation from pad, along the flight path, and at basket placement. Moreover, each basket has purple tags showing the direction to the next pad. Very useful in a dense forest with multiple recreational use paths.
As stated, the elevation changes are daunting, but, this is also a heavily wooded course with shots ranging from 200' downhills, to 400' valleys, L-R, R-L, reversed dogleg (coming back toward the pad after clearing obstacles) tunnels galore, and hiking/biking trails used as OB. This course will offer even experienced players plenty of challenge.
Starts at parking lot, hole 9 ends back at parking lot, and 18 ends at parking lot. No hike back to where you parked after either a half-round or full-round. Too many parks overlook this type of layout.
Beautiful hike through deep old growth. Lots of wildlife and flora.
With the hiking you'll be doing, even for those of us in good shape, you'll enjoy the benches, converted logs and stumps at each hole to take a rest!
Cons: •Spiders
I hate them... and there's millions over this forest floor
•Lack of drinkable water/restrooms
Would DEFINITELY be nice on such a physically demanding hike to have a couple water stations. And while there are plenty of trees/bushes for guys. Women have no option for bathrooms and we all know a guy or two on "The List" for urinating in public...
•Short Carpet Pads
While better and more even than most dirt pads, these are still seriously lacking for driving.
Not really a "con" per se, but, be careful, folks! Lots of branches, roots, and rocks along the paths and more dangerously, hidden under the dense forest floor of moss and leaves. Not a con, but, be mindful of your footing
•No Open Holes
While I loved the challenge of the heavily wooded course, it would be nice to have at least one or two open holes to wind up on.
Other Thoughts: Physically this course is as challenging as the forest makes parking your shots. I feel this is a truly great course, but, unless you're ready for a serious workout, stick to Fallasburg or other Grand Rapids/Lansing courses.

Beautiful nature trail through some stunning scenes with plenty of bugs to remind you who's home you're in. Bring water, energy bars, bug spray, and your patience and you will have a great time!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    10/27/2012   10/30/2012
Review By: TheKohn
Played: 17  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5.6 Years
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: WOW!! this course is epic. huge elevation changes, some tighter fairways. can be extremely challenging and lots of fun. planning for your next shot is a must and this course may force you out of your comfort zone in some situations. also no water hazards (for me thats a pro as i don't enjoy them)
Cons: carpet or dirt tees (i hear they are planning on putting in concrete tees in the future)

lots of leaves and some blind shots, make sure you watch your disc!
Other Thoughts: this is the hardest course i have played and i loved it for that. its also kinda close to Fallasburg so you can make a great day of disc golfing 2 awesome courses.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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